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Mary Katharine Ham, Blogger Rookie of the Year, and Other Year End Thank Yous

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Many, many of you have sent me e-mails over the past few weeks praising me for the addition of MKH to this blog. MKH is indeed that good, that smart, and that much fun. She’s a superstar in the making, and she is one of the reasons I am an optimist about American politics generally, though a pessimist about 2006. Because new media has destroyed all the barriers to entry, a young talent like MKH can quickly earn and keep an audience purely on market appeal. Quick: Name a lefty blogger introduced to you in ’05 with half as much insight and work ethic as MKH.

I have to thank DailyKos for the idea of using established blogs to gain attention for new bloggers with ability and diligence. I hope Instapundit, Powerline, CQ and others all use their platforms to help younger talent get traction.

This is another feature of new media that distinguishes it from old media. There is a genuine desire among the folks of new media, of left and right, to, as novelist Alex Haley put it on his tombstone, “Find the good, and praise it.” MKH is good. Very good. One of my resolutions for the new year is to find more like her.

(Speaking of CaptainsQuaterss, say a prayer for the quick and complete recovery of Mrs. CQ. She’s a wonderful lady, and as tough as they come. Post a note of encouragement for her and Ed.)

Another resolution is to thank the folks who have helped the blogosphere grow and prosper. Perhaps the greatest unsung hero of the ‘spere is N.Z.Bear, the man who conceived, built and operates the ecosphere. (Full disclosure: He’s a new friend of mine, with whom I hope to work in the furture.) N.Z. should be the man most Madison Avenue firms are trying to recruit because he understands what is happening. Completely. I hope they stay blind.)

A thank you has to go out to Jeff Jarvis and Jay Rosen: I don’t often –if ever– agree with these men, but they are always thoughtful, and always pushing the entire blogosphere to think about what is unfolding before our eyes.

Tomorrow: The must-reads, and why.


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